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Two YSD students identified as suspects responsible for clown scares

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11:00 AM UPDATE: YPD has identified a second suspect responsible for “clown scare” postings. The suspect is a YSD student. YSD will continue to work with YPD on other leads. 

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8:45 AM UPDATE: One Yakima School District student is a suspect responsible for some of the "clown scare" social media posts. YPD is following up on other leads as well. 

 Schools are working in a direct partnership with Yakima Police to add patrols and security as a safety measure. 

 As always if you see any suspicious activity you are asked to contact police immediately. 

 Clown costumes are banned at YSD schools and students in clown costumes will be emergency expelled. 

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UPDATE - As of 6 o'clock a.m. on Wednesday October 5th, Yakima Schools are open. YSD will meet with police at 7:30 a.m. to discuss the situation.

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YAKIMA, WA - School is canceled Wednesday, October 5th, for all schools in the Highland School District in Cowiche. Law enforcement say there was a specific social media threat made toward students in the district. School officials decided to cancel school for the safety for all students and staff. Law enforcement in Yakima County are now investigating the threat, and say they are related to the scary clown sightings that have been happening recently across the country.

The Yakima School District is also aware of the threats being made but say school will go on as scheduled Wednesday. Officers are asking you to report any suspicious activity. Yakima Police say they have received threats to Davis High School and at Lewis & Clark Middle School. They are now filing reports on those claims. School district leaders will be meeting with Yakima Police Wednesday morning to further discuss these threats.

Here is the statement that the Highland School District sent out:

IMPORTANT MESSAGE:
This is an important message. School is canceled tomorrow, Wednesday, October 5th for all Highland Schools. There was a specific social media threat made for tomorrow only and after reporting and consulting with law enforcement the decision to cancel school was made in order to err on the side of safety for all students and staff. Law enforcement will continue investigating.

Here is the statement that the Yakima School District sent out:
We have received reports of several "creepy clown" messages on social media. Though these situations are believed to be hoaxes, we take all threats seriously. Please notify police if you see any unsafe or unusual activity. School districts across the country are dealing with similar reports. Additionally, we are monitoring reports and are working closely with YPD to ensure safety of our students. Please remind your children to never accept a friend request from an unknown person (or clown) on social media. Dr. Jack Irion, Superintendent

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